Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Luke celebrates his 106th birthday

Mike McCartney

He is Ireland’s oldest man and last week his family celebrated the birthday of Luke Dolan who was born on June 4th 1906. A father of seven Luke’s wife Peggy passed away in 2005 at the age of 85. 

  Luke’s son Tom confirmed to the Roscommon People that family members had called at various times throughout the day to celebrate the great occasion.

  “His memory is very good and he eats well. He loves a boiled egg every day and would have one three times per day if he wanted to,” he joked.

  “He is also the great grandfather to thirty with almost all calling to see him at various stages during the day.” 

  For the past six years Luke has been a resident of the Sonas care centre, having lived on the family farm at Clonfree Strokestown, all of his life. His son John Joe now lives and works on the farm where Luke grew up with a brother and six sisters. His older sister Mary Kate lived in America until her passing at the age of 106, while his sisters Nora and Nancy lived into their nineties. 

  In 1932 Luke lined out for Strokestown in the county senior football final, when his side defeated Roscommon Town by 3-02 to 0-01. To this day he retains a great interest in Gaelic Games and he has numerous stories to tell about great games in the past. Luke has a great love of Radio and he knows as much about today’s game as he does about games passed. His grandson (also) Luke Dolan was a Roscommon senior player for a number of years. 

  When asked what the secrete to a long and happy life is, Luke is quick to admit it was the hard work that he performed on the family farm, all those years ago.